Columbia police detain 15 people in proactive effort following shootings

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 1:14 p.m. CST; updated 1:50 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department's proactive patrol, which targets people with pre-existing charges rather than reacting to 911 calls, has detained 15 people since Wednesday.

Although the arrests were not made exclusively in connection to the recent wave of gunshots fired in Columbia, police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said Monday that the Police Department hopes its heightened efforts will lead to further information from the public regarding the ongoing investigation.

Police Chief Ken Burton at a news conference last Monday cited lack of victim cooperation as a hindrance to making necessary arrests.

In the Police Department's latest roundup, which began Wednesday and persisted throughout the weekend, police detained:


  • Marlon Folkes, 39, on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance after a public altercation with a female victim.


  • Latoya Maxwell, 23, on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
  • Keith Holmes, 22, on a state warrant for a charge of speeding.
  • David Paxton, 49, on a municipal warrant related to an allegation of failing to appear in court on a charge of operating an unlicensed vehicle.
  • Melissa E. Mackey, 32, on a state misdemeanor warrant for a charge of speeding.
  • Dominque Powell, 20, on suspicion of first-degree trespassing after he reportedly fled from officers. Powell, who had an existing warning prohibiting him from being on Columbia Housing Authority property, was released with a summons.
  • Troy Douglas, 30, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, four counts of first-degree child endangerment and violations of parole and probation after police reportedly discovered marijuana and related paraphernalia at his residence.
  • Linnell Beckner, 43, on suspicion of stealing.


  • Dennis Whitehead, 25, on a warrant for a charge of domestic assault and Rodney L. Hayes, 25, on warrants for a charge of a misdemeanor traffic offense and a charge of assault. Whitehead and Hayes were apprehended from the same vehicle.
  • Kimberlee A. Ratliff, 21, on two outstanding warrants for charges of theft.
  • Joseph D. Glasscock, 23, on suspicion of disturbing the peace after a doorman at downtown bar On the Rocks summoned police to the premises.
  • Megan D. Brand, 33, on an active state warrant for a charge of driving while intoxicated.


  • Matthew R. Thomas, 20, on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was released with a summons.
  • Andrew J. Tveitnes, 21, on an active warrant for two felony counts of distribution, delivery or manufacturing of dangerous drugs. Tveitnes turned himself in.

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